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Sat Aug 7, 2021, 12:33 PM

House ethics committee recommends censure for North Idaho representative

Recommendation includes removal of Rep. Priscilla Giddings from House Commerce committee

The House Ethics and Policy Committee voted unanimously Tuesday morning to recommend Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, be censured by the full House of Representatives and removed from one of her three assigned committees.

Under the recommendation, Giddings would be removed from the House Commerce and Human Resources Committee but remain on the Agricultural Affairs and the powerful budget-setting Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.

In strongly worded statements, the five committee members — three Republicans and two Democrats — said Giddings’ behavior was unbecoming of a legislator and detrimental to the legislative body.

Two ethics complaints were referred to the committee in April and May, the first of which was filed by Rep. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, stating Giddings could be charged with misdemeanors for creating a hostile work environment for a legislative staffer and filing a false report. That complaint was dismissed by the committee because it dealt with criminal matters.

Read more: https://idahocapitalsun.com/2021/08/03/house-ethics-committee-recommends-censure-for-north-idaho-representative/

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 15 #1

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Mon Nov 15, 2021, 04:57 PM

1. Rep. Priscilla Giddings censured, removed from legislative committee by Idaho House

A North Idaho lawmaker will be removed from a legislative committee over her actions when a sexual assault allegation came forward against a former Republican lawmaker.

House members on Monday voted 49-19 to censure Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, after she shared a far-right outlet’s article that identified a 19-year-old legislative intern who accused former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger of rape. Giddings will be removed from the House Commerce and Human Resources Committee, which oversees laws around state employees.

Rep. Gary Marshall, R-Idaho Falls, said the committee “did the right thing under very difficult circumstances,” and that the House is constitutionally obligated to maintain decorum and encourage “becoming” behavior of a legislator.

“I support the responsibility that we bear as a body to make decisions about the behavior of our members,” Marshall said on the floor. “I watched the proceedings. I believe the committee acted honorably, honestly and forthright and provided many opportunities for justice to be served.”


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